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  1. Updates on Friday 18 August

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Severe accident: A672 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A672 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between A58 Rochdale Road and M62 J22.

A672 West Yorkshire - A672 Oldham Road closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A58 Rochdale Road junction in Ripponden and Rishworth Moor in Calderdale, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Football

Donal McDermott scores the only goal of the game as Swindon Town prevail at Morecambe in League Two.

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Pulis pleased with 'fantastic' Baggies' win
West Brom head coach Tony Pulis says his side have had a "great" start to the season after claiming a "fantastic" three points against Burnley.
Football

Accrington striker Billy Kee bundles home a stoppage-time winner to end Mansfield's unbeaten start to the League Two season.

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Dyche frustrated with 'unfair' result
Burnley manager Sean Dyche says his side created "enough chances" to score and concludes that sometimes "football is unfair".
Football

Doncaster surrender the lead three times and have to settle for a point from a pulsating League One draw with Blackpool.

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Football

Blackburn pick up their first points of the season and inflict Bradford's first defeat with victory at Valley Parade.

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Football

Devante Cole's double ensures Fleetwood Town's perfect start to the new campaign rolls on as they beat AFC Wimbledon.

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Eagles win difficult but deserved - Klopp
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the tension during his side's 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace is part of the "all-inclusive package" of watching the Reds.
National League

Kieron Cadogan grabs a last-minute winner for Sutton in a pulsating win at Chester.

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Football

Bristol Rovers brush aside their poor start in League One by cruising to an impressive 3-2 win at Bury.

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Football

Shrewsbury's impressive start to the season continues as they beat Rochdale to make it three wins out of three in League One.

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Eagles frustrated Liverpool - De Boer
Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer says his side "played deep" and "frustrated" Liverpool during their 1-0 away defeat at Anfield.
Matty Russell

Warrington Wolves overcome Championship side Halifax to maintain their perfect record in The Qualifiers.

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National League

Gateshead bolster their unbeaten start to the campaign with a resounding victory over Macclesfield on home turf.

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National League

Goals from Ben Williamson and Craig McAllister see Eastleigh hold off Tranmere at Ten Acres.

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Mane & Robertson on Liverpool win

Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace

Liverpool

Liverpool goalscorer Sadio Mane speaking to Sky Sports: "It was important to get three points. I am very happy to score goals, every striker wants to score goals."

Full-back Andrew Robertson: "I am delighted to play. The gaffer made a few changes but we think our squad is good enough that anyone can come in and can compete for a place. We proved that today.

"Before the game he (Klopp) said go and play your normal game and there was bit more space down the left than the right in the first half.

"It is brilliant to be here. I have managed to settle in. I have work to do but hopefully I will get there and kick on."

Severe accident: A589 Lancashire both ways

BBC News Travel

A589 Lancashire both ways severe accident, between B5273 Ovangle Road and A683.

A589 Lancashire - A589 Morecambe Road in Morecambe blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between Ovangle Roundabout and Mcdonald's junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A483 Cheshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A483 Cheshire both ways severe accident, between Castle Drive and Overleigh Road.

A483 Cheshire - A483 Grosvenor Road in Chester blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Castle Drive junction and the Overleigh Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion on A5268 Foregate Street to Bars Roundabout and on A540 Upper Northgate Street to Northgate Roundabout.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

United score harsh on Swans - Clement
Swansea head coach Paul Clement says his side were "punished" during their "harsh" 4-0 defeat at home to Manchester United.
Swansea 0-4 Man Utd: Jose Mourinho praises calm and consistent Red Devils
Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho is full of praise for his side for being "classy, calm and consistent" as beat Swansea 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, between J8 for A6144 and J9 for A5081.

M60 Greater Manchester - Very slow traffic on M60 clockwise between J8, A6144 (Carrington) and J9, A5081 (Trafford Park), because of an accident earlier on. In the roadworks area.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Paul Pogba (left) and Eric Bailly both scored for Manchester United

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Wales Sport at the Liberty Stadium

Manchester United score three in four second-half minutes at Swansea as they win their second successive Premier League match 4-0.

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Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

Liverpool are favouring attacks down the left-hand side of the pitch, with debutant Andrew Robertson getting into the opposition half at every opportunity.

The former Hull full-back has made a total of 23 passes so far, 11 of which have been in Palace's half of the pitch.

Andrew Robertson
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Evans good buy for City - Football Focus pundits
Football Focus pundits Mark Schwarzer and Leon Osman discuss Manchester City's bid for West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans.

Evans on the move?

Burnley v West Brom (15:00 BST)

Leon Osman

Ex-Everton midfielder on Football Focus

Manchester City would be a great move for Jonny Evans. There is a bit of Man United v Man City rivalry there but I see the point in what City are doing. They want someone reliable and someone who will be fit if Vincent Kompany gets injured.

Liverpool v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

Liverpool are damaging themselves by refusing to let midfielder Philippe Coutinho leave for Barcelona, says ex-England international Jermaine Jenas.

The Reds have rejected three bids - the latest worth about £114m - from the Spanish giants for Coutinho, who last week submitted a transfer request after the club's owners released a statement insisting he would not be sold.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live's Friday Football Social, Jenas said Liverpool's stance was like "cutting off your nose to spite your own face".

Cotinho
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He added: "Coutinho has done brilliantly for Liverpool. Yes, they have helped develop him, but the fact is that now the deal of a lifetime has presented itself - not just for him but for the club.

"Once the owners started to get involved, though, it became about power. It's one thing it coming from the manger's mouth - there being a feeling that he shouldn't be sold - but now they are in a situation that sets a precedent for future deals."

'A special day'

Liverpool v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live at Anfield

Andy Robertson is one of five changes for Liverpool. The 23-year-old comes in for Alberto Moreno.

A quick flick through the match day programme and Robertson says "When you sign for Liverpool you can't wait to play at Anfield. I think even for the players that have been here a long time the first game of a new season back at Anfield will always be a special one.

"These are exciting times for the club. There's a lot of competition for places and you know that you need to try and be at it in training and then do it on games when you get your chance."

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'I hope we will be champions'

Liverpool v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live at Anfield

There are plenty of early arrivals outside the ground at Anfield. There's a guitarist strumming along to Fields of Anfield Road and fans I've spoken to are all confident of a home win.

Two of them I bumped in to caught a five o'clock flight this morning from Bosnia and Herzegovina to be here today for the very first time.

Darko and Anela are their names and Darko said: "Can't wait! First time at Anfield I hope we will be Champions."

Anfield
BBC

The future of Philippe Coutinho was a major talking point amongst others making their way to Anfield. One fan told me that he hoped Liverpool would stick to their word.

"I'm confident it can be resolved and the relationship is repaired. We've got a good side and he was the world at his feet. He'll be back playing if he isn't sold."

You can listen to live commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

Team news

Burnley v West Brom (15:00 BST)

Burnley
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Burnley's XI are unchanged from the side that won 3-2 at Chelsea last week.

West Brom
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West Brom remain without defender Jonny Evans, who has a hamstring injury. The Baggies recently rejected a £18m bid from Manchester City for the Northern Ireland centre-back.

Midfielder Gareth Barry, 36, makes his debut for the visitors. He replaces Claudio Yacob.

Team news

Liverpool v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

Five changes for Liverpool from the side that started Tuesday's Champions League win against Hoffenheim.

Forward Mohamed Salah, the £34m signing from Roma, drops to the bench as Daniel Sturridge is given the nod by Jurgen Klopp.

There's a debut for Andrew Robertson at left-back, while James Milner, Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan also start. Trent Alexander-Arnold, who scored in Germany, is left out of the 18.

Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Sturridge.

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Frank de Boer responds to Crystal Palace's 3-0 home defeat to newly promoted Huddersfield last week by making two changes. Both are enforced.

Wilfried Zaha is injured so Andros Townsend starts, while summer signing Jairo Riedewald has a groin injury, James Tomkins stepping in.

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Dann, Tomkins, Ward, Milivojevic, Puncheon, Van Aanholt, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Benteke.

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High in the Anfield box

Liverpool v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter at Anfield for BBC 5 live Sport

Anfield
BBC Sport

Liverpool do have a very good record at home on the opening fixture of a Premier League campaign. They've won their opening match in the last four seasons - although Crystal Palace have surprisingly have won on their past three visits to Anfield.

Liverpool with their pace and power will be very much looking forward to this and very much looking to get three points on the board.

'Deal of a lifetime'

Liverpool v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

Former England internationals Jermaine Jenas and Darren Bent have their say on Philippe Coutinho’s proposed transfer to Barcelona after Liverpool turned down a reported £114m bid.

Jermaine Jenas and Darren Bent discuss the Philippe Coutinho transfer saga.

Can Vokes keep it up?

Burnley v West Brom (15:00 BST)

Burnley
BBC Sport
  • Sam Vokes has scored seven goals in his last six Premier League apps after netting just five in the previous 58. The Welsh frontman is also the first Burnley player to score in four consecutive Premier League appearances.
  • West Brom have met Burnley four times in the Premier League, winning both home games 4-0 and drawing the two clashes at Turf Moor 2-2.

Jurgen writes....

Liverpool v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live

The Liverpool matchday programme
BBC Sport

Writing in today's programme, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp notes: "Today is our one and only priority. It is where our attention is - 100%.

"The attitude of our players has been outstanding. We have faced challenges during pre-season and at the beginning of the season already. I love that in our squad we have players of different personalities but at their core they all care passionately about what they do, about this club and about each other.

"To achieve something special we all need to put what we can to achieve together ahead of what we might want for ourselves as individuals."

I wonder what he means by that?

'Coutinho will go'

Liverpool v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

Leon Osman

Ex-Everton midfielder on Football Focus

I think Coutinho will go. Barcelona seem to really want their man and usually when a team like Barca comes knocking they end up getting the player.

Liverpool are determined to keep him and are in the driving seat. You just don't know.

Handmade shoes and killer grooves

Burnley v West Brom (15:00 BST)

Burnley coach Sean Dyche talks about his love of music and shoes.

Burnley coach Sean Dyche tells us where his love of handmade leather shoes comes from. And remembers the Manchester rave scene.

Just your average manager chat really...